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The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) released its own action plan Tuesday in response to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, after stepping away from the federal government’s long-awaited plan. “It has been two years since the commissioners of that inquiry made public their findings that the violence that targets us First Nations, Inuit and Métis sisters is a genocide, yet all we know is that very little has changed,” said NWAC president Lorraine Whitman during a virtual news conference Tuesday. “We are no safer now than we were two years ago, so we are taking matters into our own hands.” The national inquiry released its final report, titled Reclaiming Power and Place, on June 3, 2019, after two years of gathering testimonies from families and survivors across the country. It identified 231 Calls for Justice. The core of the plan is to establish land-based resiliency lodges across Canada for healing Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people. One lodge already exists in Chelsea, Que., and has been offering virtual programming during the pandemic, with a second slated to open in New Brunswick in the coming months.

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